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To wear or not to wear: Eye cream

Debby Harrington

This is possibly one of the most controversial beauty topics around – to wear eye cream or not to wear eye cream.

Do you wear it during the day, at night or both? Seriously, it’s divisive and contentious and the opinions doing the rounds are varied.

So let’s sort this out once and for all.

One reason to invest in an eye cream, according to the woman I trust with my skin, Dermal Clinician Carly Whytcross, is because they’re actually specially made for skin around the eye which is the most fragile, thin and delicate on your face. It’s also prone to dryness, discoloration and those dreaded wrinkles.

“A unique blend of ingredients and the right consistency is required to address common concerns of the eye area,” says Carly.

“Whether fine lines, puffiness or dark circles are your issue or if you’re just wanting to prevent the inevitable the right eye cream can complement your current skincare regime and help the area to look fresh, bright and prevent further damage.”

Eye cream is a thicker consistency than normal face creams, gels and serums and they’re generally fragrance-free.

A common argument is why we need an extra product when we already moisturise day and night. Carly says a lot of skincare products aren’t specifically designed for the eye area and can cause irritation.

“Specific ingredients are key to looking after the eye area,” she says.

The under eye area is prone to fluid build-up, (puffy eyes), especially in the morning. One way to get rid of this is to apply eye cream straight out of the fridge.

If you want to apply eye cream at night, the risk is that it’ll actually run into the eye, causing puffiness. This is ultimately a personal preference but Carly believes night application is best.

“We tend to recommend all corrective ingredients be applied at night so that the repair process can occur.”

Eye creams contain a lot of different ingredients, designed to de-puff, lighten dark circles, reduce fine lines, hydrate, soothe, refresh – the list is long.

Here’s a breakdown of what ingredients do what

  • Hyaluronic acid: An extreme moisture surge
  • Retinol: Improves pigmentation, promotes cell growth and regeneration but can cause irritation
  • Vitamin C or sodium ascorbate: Boosts collagen to thicken the under eye area
  • Vitamin B3 and kojic acid: lighten dark circles
  • Vitamin E: Soothes
  • Ceramides: Retain moisture

Unfortunately, you’re never going to see results instantly because these products are working at a deeper level below the skin surface and as the skin cells regenerate, the area will improve over time.

So if like me, you’re now convinced that investing in an eye cream is the way to go, here are some application tips

  1. Apply eye cream along the eye socket under the eyes and it’ll spread to the delicate areas without needing to touch them too much
  2. Gently pat the product onto the area using your ring finger as it contains the least amount of muscles and will be most gentle on the area
  3. Don’t apply it on your eyelids
  4. Don’t get too close to the eye because it could seep in during the day

Debby Harrington

Debby is a journalist by trade who grew up in Perth before making her way to Canberra. As long as she can remember, her mother has always followed a beauty routine methodically, morning and night, which is where Debby developed her taste for the world of beauty. Debby loves trying new products and can’t live without lip balm, sunscreen and concealer. She also has her own blog featuring all things fashionable and beautiful so check out www.debbywithawhy.com.au. More about the Author

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